BSS Audio Introduces AEC Input Card to the Soundweb London Family of Digital Signal Processors

June 26, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — BSS Audio™, a Harman International Company (NYSE-HAR), today introduced the Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) card to its acclaimed Soundweb™ London family of digital signal processors. Designed specifically for the Soundweb London BLU-800, BLU-320, BLU-160 and BLU-120 devices, the Soundweb London AEC input card complements the analog and digital, input and output card options, extending the reach of Soundweb London into teleconferencing applications.

The Soundweb London AEC input card utilizes a proprietary algorithm developed by Wavemakers®, a Harman International company and specialist in voice optimization software for automotive and communications applications. The algorithm used on the Soundweb London AEC input card has been specifically designed to meet the needs of installed sound applications and the high expectations of today’s teleconference participant.

The Soundweb London AEC input card features four microphone / line level channels with Acoustic Echo Cancellation per channel. A direct microphone feed is made available to facilitate local sound reinforcement. Configuration, control and monitoring of the AEC input card is provided by Harman HiQnet™ London Architect™.

The Soundweb London BLU-800, BLU-320, BLU-160 and BLU-120 devices joined the existing BLU-80, BLU-32 and BLU-16 devices. The newer devices feature a low-latency, fault-tolerant digital audio bus of 256 channels. In addition to providing a backbone for the transportation of multiple channels, this bus also facilitates the creation of large, fault-tolerant, centralized matrices containing multiple devices. The BLU-800 and BLU-160 models feature configurable DSP, boasting four times the processing capability of BLU-80 and BLU-16 devices.

The BLU-BOB cost-effective break-out box was also added to the family and represents an inexpensive solution to increasing the number of outputs in a Harman HiQnet networked system.

Since its advent, the BSS Audio Soundweb London family has drawn acclaim for its flexibility and intuitive operation. All eight models offer pristine audio quality, advanced A/D and D/A conversion, 96kHz capability, drag-and-drop system design with CobraNet™ bundle assignment, Ethernet-based control, an extensive range of control options from simple to sophisticated, easy expansion or reconfiguration of system hardware in the field and an upgrade path for future enhancements.

Each of the eight different Soundweb London devices offer a different mix of signal processing, CobraNet and digital audio bus functionality, making a Soundweb London system the perfect match for any application.
BSS Audio is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com).
Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NYSE: HAR.”

Harman HiQnet™ is the world's first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across the Harman Pro Group and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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